Building 128 Brooklyn Navy Yard
Backstory and Context
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is located on the east river facing Manhattan and the financial district that paid for the yard’s construction. The yard was commissioned in 1801, built in 1806 and finally decommissioned in 1966. The yard in its peak stretched over 200 acres with Building 128 standing at above 60ft tall and over 600ft long. Building 128 was designed to build engines for navy ships as well as metal fabrications for those same ships. They worked in conjunction with the dry docks in repairing and replacing damaged warships from World War One and World War Two. The yard employed thousands of workers that helped to build one of the most functioning and efficient shipyards of the 20th century.
By the start of the 20th century Brooklyn Navy Yard was a focal point for war manufacturing with Building 128 as the massive eye draw of steel and glass that stood above 5 stories and over 2 football fields long. This was a crucial piece of infrastructure for the creating and building of warships that helped the allies enter and then win the war.
After sitting in isolation and decay for 40 years the building had undergone a 35million dollar revamp as a place for new technology to be developed and to help improve all of humanity.
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